Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 26, 2013

MCAS scores on upswing

Tenth-graders rank sixth in state


Meanwhile, 14 percent of 10th-graders received a score of “proficient,” considered a passing score. Just 3 percent need improvement and 2 percent were failing, according to the 2013 scores.

In the other two, main categories of MCAS scores, 10th-graders did well, but not as well as in math.

In English Language Arts, or ELA, 70 percent were advanced and 28 percent were proficient, for a whopping 98 percent of students passing. Just 2 percent of the students needed improvement or failed.

The science, technology and engineering scores, meanwhile, were not as good, with 86 percent passing and 14 percent either needing improvement or failing.

The 10th-grade results are important because students need to pass the MCAS in order to graduate from high school.

At the elementary school level, meanwhile, third-graders appeared to struggle in ELA, where 16 percent of the students came in at the advanced level, 58 percent came in at proficient, but 26 percent either needed improvement or got a warning.

In math, third-graders did better, with 78 percent passing and 22 percent either needing improvement or getting a warning.

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